I have a Samsung galaxy A5 (SM-A500H) I didn't get a notification for an update from settings so I grabbed android 6.0.1 from Sammobile, I downloaded the South African version since there's no version for my country.

Everything is working and if I go to settings about phone, I see it's 6.0.1 and if I tap I get the marshmallow logo and the game that looks like flappy bird. And everything is working.

But it still feels like Lollipop. The color is still blue rather than black, the marshmallow themes and wallpapers are missing. When the phone boots I don't see the marshmallow animation, the scrolling in the app drawer is horizontal not vertical etc.

Is there a way to verify that what I'm using is really marshmallow? Could it be a knockoff?

  • May be if it is some knockoff, they may not have changed the API level to prevent app issues. Download some app like Dev Tools from play store and see if the API Level is reporting 23 (Marshmellow).
    – Madushan
    Commented Sep 3, 2016 at 8:08
  • @beeshyams i guess you'd call it dirty since I didn't remove lollipop, i just upgraded to marshmallow without uninstalling anything
    – Lynob
    Commented Sep 3, 2016 at 8:26
  • @Madushan dev tools says api level 23, codename marshmallow, version 6.0.1 play.google.com/store/apps/…
    – Lynob
    Commented Sep 3, 2016 at 8:30
  • @beeshyams and yes odin 3.11 by strictly following the instructions here sammobile.com/firmwares/download/90719/…
    – Lynob
    Commented Sep 3, 2016 at 8:32
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    @beeshyams ok will let you know when im done, this time im downloading the Kazakhstan version
    – Lynob
    Commented Sep 3, 2016 at 9:01

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Lower-end phones usually won't get the new manufacturer skin (that's on the new flagship phone) with a new Android version.

As for the launcher, bootanimation and stuff, it's how Samsung chose to make it in their TouchWiz skin - they don't necessarily follow how Google do it on Nexus.

Try installing Google Now Launcher if you want the vertical scrolling experience. Not looking as harmonious on top of all the TouchWiz icons but better than nothing.

  • so no need for a clean flash?
    – Lynob
    Commented Sep 3, 2016 at 10:54
  • @Lynob Trying doesn't hurt, but clean flash shouldn't change the fact. A firmware from a different region has a possibility although that's also marginal.
    – Andy Yan
    Commented Sep 3, 2016 at 11:14
  • @AndyYan: This is new to me ! Specific for low end devices?
    – beeshyams
    Commented Sep 3, 2016 at 11:46
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    @beeshyams Also to old (>1 year) flagships. For example Note 4 never got Note 5's new UX officially, thus its bump to Lollipop appears largely unchanged at first sight. With a jump as subtle from Lollipop to Marshmallow, it'll be even less obvious.
    – Andy Yan
    Commented Sep 3, 2016 at 12:23
  • Thanks..wasn't aware of this. In which case my answer may not help much- Note 2 was my last (4 years) +1
    – beeshyams
    Commented Sep 3, 2016 at 12:24

in API 23(Marshmallow) Android apps should request permissions at runtime so all you need is open an app that uses your location or reading your sd card

try with google maps or download and install file explorer apps

and when you run the app you can see a dialog pops up for requesting permissions

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